Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken power supply.

Image 1/2: The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

  • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

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  • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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  • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

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  • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

That small metal bracket/socket set up looks completely different in the ps3 I'm working on. Model: CECHK01.

Any suggestions?

Marcus - Reply

Image 1/1: Six 52 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

2 more smaller screws (don't know what size...small) just below the top middle screw and top right screw (in the picture). Look for the arrows...

E Goo - Reply

after you remove the screws, you may have to push a tab to take the cover off if you meet resistance on one side of the cover. Here is a link to a video that explains it, saved me lots of trouble:

http://youtu.be/jZgekNsRB-A?t=1m54s

ericksi33 - Reply

Thanks @ericksi33, this really helped me out.

hogurt -

1st attempt, fan loud. Ps3 lasted about 2 wks. 2nd attempt noticed very poor contact between heatsink & cpu,gpu when taking it apart. Research - Found a better way to apply thermal past. I personally disapprove of guide on this. A small bit about the size of a grain of rice in center of cpu is plenty. Clamp the heat sinks back on. Then take it apart & check contact area. Thermal paste should have spread to about the size of a quarter.(more is better. Less then a nickel size is poor contact) possibly weak clamps. Carefully applied pressure onto the cpu & gpu, pressing them into the heatsinks before clamping heatsink clamps on. Achieved greater then quarter sized thermal past spread. Fan silent in comparison & ps3 lasted about a yr. Rarely did I ever hear the fan go to high and get loud after that. About to begin my third fix on this same ps3. One of the first 80g backwards compatible. other then those notes and that this guide was for a different model ps3 (minor differences) I liked this guide. easy to follow.

brettgomes - Reply

Although the battery is described as proprietary, it looks like it is the common CR2032 lithium coin battery that is used in calculators and some computers. I haven't had to replace mine but I suspect under the heatshrink cover is a battery holder which will allow the coin battery to be removed and replaced. Then wrap with electrical tape and reinstall.

RickP - Reply

I tried this with the heatgun and it ruined my PS3. The CPU and GPU are NOW RUINED!!! It did not work for and made things worst!!! I sent it to a place to get reballed and they said the HEATGUN had overheated my processor and killed them!!! So think twice about doing this. Just because it is already broken, DON'T THINK YOU CAN'T MAKE IT WORST!

georgehollyoh - Reply

Why would you try it with a heat gun, no were is it mentioned to do that

Phillip Pereira -

There are 2 additional screws to remove , front center and front left , just behind the already marked screws.

mikentc90 - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the top cover.
  • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

  • Remove the top cover.

Disconnect the memory card ribbon cable.

Tobias Stockmann - Reply

The top would hardly budge on the left back corner and was stuck on the right back corner. There is a plastic hook that needs to be unfastened to lift the top off. It is located in a hole on the top back corner on the right hand side, so the corner straight across the on off button. Just gently push the plastic hook a bit front the rear of the machine with a spudger. It gives easily and the top will be free to lift off after that.

cornellg - Reply

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  • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.

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Image 1/2: Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.
  • Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its cable.

  • Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Remove the memory card reader from the PS3.

it isn't necessary to disconnect this.

burkken - Reply

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  • Pull the DC-In cables toward the front of the PS3 to disconnect them from the power supply.

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  • Lift the AC-In cables slightly away from the rear cover for clearance to access the AC-In connector.

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  • While depressing its locking mechanism, pull the AC-In connector out of its socket on the power supply.

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  • Remove the five 9 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the chassis.

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Image 1/1: Remove the power supply.
  • Lift the power supply upward from its front edge to disconnect it from the posts attached to the logic board.

  • Remove the power supply.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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This is for the 60gb version. As there is no card reader in the 80gb i replaced the power supply in and some of the psu screws were in a slightly different place. But a very good guide.

Craig Taylor - Reply

I have a Ps3 that was bought in America. The power supply is different to ours here in South Africa (Cape Town). A friend who gave me the Ps3 also had an external power supply built so that it can be used here. It's been working for years but now I have that green light thingy going. I've removed the disc that was in it and thought it may have been inserted incorrectly. Now that I have seen your tutorial I will definitely check if it's the power supply or mother board. Thank you.

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